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Linda Escalante, Policy Advocate, California and Latino Advocacy programs, Santa Monica

Linda Escalante

Linda Escalante joined the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2005. She is Policy Advocate for NRDC’s California and Latino Advocacy programs. She works with NRDC’s legal and policy experts to support campaigns that protect and promote the welfare of communities of color and the environment they depend on. She works with state leaders, local elected officials, coalition partners, and grassroots groups to promote sustainable solutions in water resources management, air and global warming pollution, urban development, and clean energy. She represents NRDC among Latino leaders at a local, state, and national level. She is also a well-regarded environmental expert in the Spanish language media.

Linda pursued a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology and minor in Spanish Language from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining NRDC, Linda worked on Latino child health issues at RAND Health & UCLA Department of Pediatrics.

Recent Posts

Latino Leaders in California Legislature Steer Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill onto Governor Brown's Desk

Posted August 30, 2014 by Linda Escalante

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After several attempts to pass a California statewide ban on  flyaway single-use plastic bags, our state Assembly and Senate have made proud history by voting to turn our Golden State into the first of the 50 states to ban these...continued

LA City overwhelmingly supports adoption of Zero Waste plan for apartment and commercial buildings

Posted April 3, 2014 by Linda Escalante

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All change is local.  Earlier this week, the City Council of Los Angeles voted to transform the waste hauling system for apartment and commercial buildings and set the second largest city in the nation on a path towards achieving sustainability...continued

Los Ángeles libre de carbón en 2025: impresionante liderazgo ambiental del Alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa

Posted April 17, 2013 by Linda Escalante

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El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, anunció esta semana un plan histórico por el Departamento de Agua y Energía de Los Ángeles (LADWP por sus siglas en inglés) para dejar de consumir energía  procedente de carbón para el 2025...continued

Earth Day Latino 2013: Camping Out in Downtown Los Angeles

Posted April 15, 2013 by Linda Escalante

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The William C. Velazquez Institute, and its coalition of conservation and environmental partners, which include REI and La Onda Verde de NRDC, continue the annual tradition of Earth Day Latino at the Los Angeles Historic State Park (formerly known as Not a Cornfield), just...continued

No More Coal in LA by 2025: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Impressive Environmental Leadership

Posted March 23, 2013 by Linda Escalante

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles announced this week an historic plan by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to stop using coal fired power by 2025 and replace it with cleaner energy sources. Once in place, Los...continued

Los Verdes are the Greenest: Latinos are the next generation of environmentalists in the U.S.

Posted October 18, 2012 by Linda Escalante

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This year was the year of Cesar Chavez.  Decades ago Senator Robert F. Kennedy called him "one of the heroic figures of our time."  In 2012, the Obama Administration honored his memory and legacy with a day of national observance to be...continued

Earth Day Latino 2012: celebrating Los Angeles history, culture, and ecosystem

Posted April 17, 2012 by Linda Escalante

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Latinos know how to party on Earth Day. This year, the William C. Velazquez Institute and its coalition of conservation and environmental partners, which include La Onda Verde de NRDC, will continue the annual tradition of EARTH DAY LATINO at...continued

Young hero shows us how to celebrate the 4th of July

Posted July 5, 2010 by Linda Escalante

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This job can be hard on the soul sometimes.  The news and environmental diagnoses are often so dire that being hopeful can be a struggle.  But life always shows its beauty and reasons for hope.  This 4th of July weekend I went...continued

The Macondo Oil Spill: A Tale of Tragic Realism

Posted June 7, 2010 by Linda Escalante

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Macondo is no longer just the name of a fantastical world depicted by Gabriel García Márquez in his tale of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Astonishingly, it’s also the name of the oil field beneath what was once...continued


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